FMI Foundation Recognizes 2019 Gold Plate Award Winners Jan 26, 2020 Program Contributed to 91 Million Americans Cooking More Meals at HomePhoenix – The FMI Foundation recognized eight food retailers, two suppliers and one community collaborator as elite contributors to the family meal movement. Each of the 2019 Gold Plate Awards recipients helped families achieve one more meal each week at home. The awards were presented at Stir It Up!, the Foundation’s annual fundraising event, during the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. “We are continually impressed by the commitment of the more than 400 companies who join the family meals movement,” said Executive Director of the FMI Foundation, David Fikes. “These stores make a difference in their communities and their shoppers’ lives. Today’s winners found new ways, through innovative partnerships and programs, to support families having more meals together.” Results of a nationwide survey with Harris Poll show 36% of Americans are cooking more meals at home and eating together more often as a family, and 41% are making healthier food choices, as a result of National Family Meals Month. The National Family Meals Month campaign witnessed a 45% increase in retailer participation; a 107% increase in supplier participation; and a 159% increase in community collaborators since last year.Fikes added, “The same Harris Poll found that 25% of Americans have seen the Family Meals Month campaign and that 84% of Americans are willing to commit to having one more family meal each week.”The movement was boasted across the country with support from regional leaders. In 2019, 18 states proclaimed September as Family Meals Month: Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin.The 2019 Gold Plate Award Winners Gold Plate Award Category: Retailer 1 – 49 storesWinner: Northgate Gonzalez MarketProgram: Cada Comida tiene una Historia / Every Meal has a StoryHonorable Mention: Martin’s Super MarketsProgram: Family Meal Champ Challenge Gold Plate Award Category: Retailer 50 – 199 storesWinner: Tops Markets, LLCProgram: Tops Table Time Honorable Mention: Hannaford SupermarketsProgram: Snack Pals Gold Plate Award Category: Retailer 200+ storesWinner: Wakefern Food Corporation Program: ShopRite’s Family Meals Month: “From Our Family to Yours”Winner: Hy-Vee, Inc.Program: 2019 National Family Meals Month at Hy-VeeHonorable Mention: Stop and Shop Program: Meal Solutions/Dinner Daily Gold Plate Award Category: Rising Star Winner: Newport Avenue MarketProgram: We Believe in Family Meals Gold Plate Award Category: SupplierWinner: Campbell Soup CompanyProgram: Campbell Family Meals Month CampaignHonorable Mention: Eggland’s BestProgram: EB Better Family Meals Program Gold Plate Award Category: Community Collaborator Winner: National Pork BoardProgram: Meal Solutions for Schools, Retail, and PartnersRead the 2019 Gold Plate Award Winners' stories at www.FMI.org/GoldPlateAwards and join the conversation with #FamilyMealsMonth.